Transformation Resource Centre Lesotho by apl17614


									There are two field workers stationed in Mohale and                    Transformation Resource Centre
Ratau areas respectively to follow up on the issues of
Resettlement, Compensation and Development. So far,                                                      1979-2004
TRC has empowered the affected people to fight for
their rights from the Lesotho Highlands Development           This year is a special one for TRC. We are celebrating
Authority (LHDA), an implementing organ of the Pro-           our 25th Anniversary. For TRC, this quarter of a cen-
ject. On the same wave-length, to some extent, TRC            tury struggling for human rights and empowering those
has succeeded in changing negative attitudes of the           without power was “A long walk for Justice”. This
LHDA personnel towards the affected people.                   struggle is going to continue with new challenges con-
                                                              fronting us everyday. With a dedicated team we are try-
TRC has documented its successes and lessons in               ing to address these challenges as best as we can.
working on the LHWP issues. Documentation ranges
from written to audio-visual materials. TRC is part of        We thank those who supported us in these past 25 years
the networking movement on the whole range of issues          and hope that they will continue to do so for the next 25
around the large dams. We network locally, regionally         years.
and internationally.

                          Work for Justice

TRC has published its newsletter Work for Justice
quarterly since 1983 and its Sesotho supplement fol-

lowed shortly after. The newsletters deal in depth with
current issues of development and democracy in Leso-
tho and the region.
                                                                                                                          Resource Centre
Recent newsletters have focused on elections, constitu-                                                                       Lesotho
tional government, non-violent conflict resolution, mi-
grant labor, education, health, the rights and roles of
women in Lesotho, the Lesotho Highlands Water Pro-
ject, economy, corruption and issues of security, pov-
erty and development.
                                                                                                                               “If you want Peace,
WFJ always carries suggestions for action and further                                                                      you have to work for Justice”
reading. It is apolitical in position, and has firm root in
the moral and spiritual teachings of Jesus. It is distrib-
uted widely in high schools and among university fac-
                                                                    Transformation Resource Centre
ulty and students.                                                  1 Oaktree Gardens, Qoaling Road,
                                                                    Old Europa
The project coordinates, facilitates and conducts re-
search on a wide range of areas, mainly for publication             P.O. Box 1388, Maseru 100, Lesotho
in the Work for Justice Newsletter but also for other
publications. Taking full advantage of our strong con-
                                                                    Phone: (+266) 2231 4463
tacts and networks locally, regionally and internation-             Fax: (+266) 2232 2791
ally, we are able to collect and disseminate the freshest           Email:
data for use by students, researchers, policy makers
and other practitioners.
                                                                In addition to books, the library contains periodicals, newspapers,   TRC creates opportunities for open dialogue and public
                        TRC                                     reports, grey literature, reference works, encyclopedias, and vid-
                                                                eos. We offer photocopying and faxing services, as well as com-
                                                                                                                                      debate on local and national governance issues through its
                                                                                                                                      Friends Meetings. We invite stakeholders from all sectors
TRC is an ecumenical, non-governmental resource cen-            puterized searches of our books.                                      of society to attend. Friends’ Meetings provide a forum to
tre for Justice, Peace and Participatory Development. It                                                                              share information and ideas within civil society and be-
was established by a South African couple, Jimmy and            TRC seeks to build awareness of the Library through its Library       tween NGOs and government.
Joan Stewart, in 1979.                                          Outreach Program. The Library staff travels to high schools
                                                                around the country, introducing students and teachers to the TRC      TRC reaches students by equipping and training teachers
The end of Apartheid in 1994 spelt a new era in the             Library and encouraging them to make use of its resources. The        to teach on democracy, human rights, conflict manage-
work of TRC. Like all other non-governmental organi-            Outreach Program also informs students and teachers of other          ment, and the Constitution. To do this, we develop teach-
sations (NGOs) in Lesotho we were affected financially.         TRC activites, and encourages them to become members of TRC.          ing material for classrooms. In recent years, TRC has writ-
TRC decided to abandon its regional focus for an inter-                                                                               ten and published a simplified version of the Lesotho Con-
                                                                Opening hours:                                                        stitution in English and Sesotho, with an accompanying
nal one. Many challenges were waiting in the country:
democracy education, the Lesotho Highlands Water                Monday to Friday                             9:30 am to 4:30 pm       180-page Teaching Manual. TRC has also produced a
Project (LHWP), and conflict management.                        Saturday                                     9:00 am to 1:00 pm       textbook for Conflict Studies, Conflict Studies for Leso-
The TRC of today is a vibrant NGO with four main pro-                                                                                 tho, which forms part of the Development Studies curricu-
jects: the Resource Centre, the Democracy project, the          Admission fees:                                                       lum in Lesotho high schools.
Water Project and Work for Justice.                             Members                                      Free                     In addition to making these resources available to teachers,
                                                                High school students                         M1
                                                                                                                                      TRC conducts training workshops for teachers. We meet
The highest governing body of TRC is the Annual Gen-            Non-members                                  M2
                                                                                                                                      with Development Studies and History teachers from
eral Meeting (AGM) of TRC members, immediately
                                                                Library Membership:                                                   around the country to deepen their understanding of the
under which there is a Board which is charged with the
                                                                                                                                      subjects they teach and to relate these to the development of
responsibility of governing the Centre between the sit-         Individual                                   M 50                     Lesotho. We also work with schools who don't offer those
tings of the AGM. The Board consists of eight members           High school student                          M 25                     two subjects but want to engage in conflict management.
elected by the AGM and ex officio Management Team               School or other organisation                 M 100
                                                                                                                                      Lesotho is currently undergoing a process of decentralisa-
                                                                Members of TRC have free access to the library, and can borrow        tion of government. Whereas government at the local level
TRC Membership (per year):                                      up to two books for two weeks at a time. Videos can be borrowed       used to be squarely in the hands of traditional chiefs, these
                                                                for two days at a surcharge of M 5.                                   powers are now being placed in the hands of government-
Organisations                                   M200
                                                                                                                                      appointed Interim Community Councils, soon to be re-
Individuals                                     M100
                                                                                                                                      placed by democratically-elected Councils. This process is
                                                                                                                                      meeting resistance and confusion on the part of the chiefs
                                        Library                                        Democracy Project                              and other community leaders. TRC is addressing this need
The library is the foundation of TRC’s identity as a resource                                                                         by holding workshops on local government, informing
                                                                A healthy, functioning democracy is the aim of the Democracy
centre for justice, peace, and participatory development in                                                                           chiefs and community leaders of the changes that are tak-
                                                                Project. A healthy democracy does not just mean democratic
Lesotho. We make a variety of books and other materials                                                                               ing place, and giving them a forum to air their concerns.
                                                                institutions. It also requires that society at large be shaped by
available for use by groups and individuals working in the      democratic values and active in its own governance. Broad-
fields of human rights, peace, democracy and participatory      based participation in public affairs is the only long-term solu-
development.                                                    tion to ensure competent and skillful governance in the interests                                   Water Project
                                                                of the people of Lesotho.                                             Transformation Resource Center (TRC) has been actively
Our collection focuses on community development, eco-
nomics, management, agriculture, theology, conflict resolu-                                                                           involved in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project
                                                                For this reason, the Democracy Project focuses its efforts on         (LHWP) activities since the inception of the project. TRC
tion, human rights, regional history, and biography. We also    civic education for the citizens of Lesotho. We aim to give citi-
have books of African literature, Sesotho works, and books                                                                            involvement has been particularly playing a role of Moni-
                                                                zens information and training to be active participants in the        toring, Advocacy and Community Empowerment on the
for younger readers.                                            affairs of their country.                                             social and environmental issues of the LHWP.

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